Thanks for the kind words about my 1963 Cinelli with the Spence Wolf "Alpine" derailleur. I've ridden this Cinelli quite a few times. It rides and shifts very well; I'm a fan of the Spence Wolf "Alpine" conversion. My particular example uses a Campy Record -- not a Nuovo Record. I suspect it's one of Wolf's early conversions -- both because of the use of the "Record" rather than Nuovo Record, but also because the cage is comparatively crude -- even next to some of the others, such as the one David Cooper used for his recreation.
As for shifting, it works just fine. Wraps a 32 front and 28 tooth rear with no problem.
The bike has a rare TA Criterium crank -- cottered. See here:
When Morgan gets wooljersey back up (thanks Morgan for all you do hosting the site!) you can see the Cinelli and the Spence Wolf derailleur here:
David G. White Burlington, VT USA
Daniel Artley wrote:
> David White's Spence Wolfe Cinelli at last year's Cirque was the ride that spoke to me most, and had the long cage Spence Wolfe conversion shown in the middle photo of John Siemsen's Wool Jersey Gallery shots. I want that conversion for my early 70's Colnago Super! The Colnago's got too many memories to give up, but I can't push those gears regularly in our very hilly area. Someone said a Simplex top, Cyclo bottom roller and drilled bar stock for the arm. I once found the Simplex on e-bay and couldn't bring myself to bid only to butcher it. I suppose my first gen. rally and a 14-32 would give the gears, but it just doesn't give the thrill of authenticity. David's Cinelli also had that Stronglight(?) bolted cottered/cotterless crank too with a good wide range double. Just a really neat combination of what is now very rare parts.
> David, Is it finally on the road? Have you been able to ride it yet? May we have a shifting report?
> Dan Artley, waxing ecstatic in Parkton, Maryland USA
> Archive-URL: http://search.bikelist.org/
> Date: Tue, 5 May 2009 19:36:09 -0700
> From: John Siemsen <velorosso(AT)flash.net>
> Subject: [CR] Campagnolo Spence Wolf "Rally" ( http://search.bikelist.org/
> Captured three versions in my wooljersey photos. The earliest Wolf
> conversions used Cyclo parts for the cage. Latter versions with the
> chrome plates with holes were done in the early-mid 1970's... I purchased
> a NR Pat.75 (pictured) from a guy at Veloswap SF a few years back who said
> he used to do the conversions for Cupertino - don't know whether he
> assembled or made the parts.
> John Siemsen
> Portland, Oregon